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UW Converge Taipei 2019

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019      

W Taipei
10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District

Mark your calendars for University of Washington Converge Taipei 2019 and don’t forget to pre-register below. You won’t want to miss UW’s premier event for international alumni and friends when it returns in November of 2019.

This annual tradition is an outpost of Husky spirit abroad, not to mention an unmatched opportunity to connect with UW’s faculty, leadership and global alumni community. Be a part of UW’s impact around the world, and leave equipped with new knowledge and networks. You won’t find anything else like UW Converge!




🞇 Summit

9:00 a.m. Keynote address and short talks on AI

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. First round of panel discussions

3:00 p.m. Coffee break

3:30 p.m. Second round of panel discussions

5:00 p.m. Summit ends

🞇 Reception

6:00 p.m. Poolside after-party, standing dinner and drinks

9:00 p.m. Reception ends

Every year, University of Washington alumni and friends from all over the world come together at UW Converge, an event unlike any other. In 2019, this premier gathering of international Huskies is taking place in Taipei.

The day starts with a public summit discussing the exciting topic of artificial intelligence. UW President Ana Mari Cauce is the keynote speaker and attendees will also hear from leading experts who will offer insights from their backgrounds in law, medicine, engineering and business. These short takes will offer a glimpse into the applications, latest developments and future potential of AI in a wide range of industries and disciplines.

After the summit, there will be plenty of time to connect with the UW’s world-class alumni network and enjoy a cocktail with friends from all over the globe at an exclusive poolside after-party for Husky alumni and friends. Don’t miss your yearly opportunity to deepen your relationship with the international Husky community and UW at the same time.


Summit Speakers


Paul AtkinsUW President Ana Mari Cauce leads one of the world’s great public universities, advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire University with a commitment to innovation. In June 2015 Cauce announced the launch of the Global Innovation Exchange. A partnership between the UW and Tsinghua University, with foundational support from Microsoft, GIX will educate the next generation of innovators through a project-based, globally focused curriculum available nowhere else. Full Bio

Short Talks

William CovingtonWilliam Covington directs the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic at the UW School of Law. The clinic provides students with the opportunity to craft legislation and write white papers in areas where policy and technology intersect. Areas such as privacy, data security, autonomous vehicles, TOR, surveillance and police use of body cameras. Under his direction UW law students have conducted legislative workshops and testified before the Seattle City Council. Full Bio

Jean ChoyJean Choy is the Associate Dean at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She is responsible for developing long-term strategic partnerships to promote new business development and collaborative initiatives with corporations, academic institutions and government offices to mutually benefit the organizations and the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Full Bio

James LinJames Lin is a historian of Taiwan and its interactions with the world in the 20th century, focusing on international agrarian development. He earned his Ph.D in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. At the University of Washington he teaches courses on modern Taiwanese history, interdisciplinary Taiwan Studies, political economy and development. Lin is the first faculty hired as part of the Jackson School’s new Taiwan Studies Program. Full Bio

Sean MooneySean Mooney is an innovator and researcher in biomedical informatics. He now leads Research Information Technology for UW Medicine as Chief Research Information Officer (CRIO) and as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the UW. As part of his role, he leads informatics for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and other projects involving research computing both regionally and nationally. Full Bio

Radha PoovendranRadha Poovendran is a professor and the chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Washington. He Founded the Network Security Lab at the University and his research focuses on wireless and sensor network security, control and security of cyber-physical systems, adversarial modeling, control-security, games-security and information theoretic security in the context of wireless mobile networks. Full Bio

Kuansan WangKuansan Wang is Managing Director of Microsoft Research Outreach. He joined Microsoft as a researcher in the Speech Technology Group working on various speech products including Voice Command on mobile that eventually became Cortana and Microsoft Speech Server. He works on large scale natural language understanding and web search technologies, and is currently responsible for running the large machine reading efforts that use AI agents to dynamically acquire knowledge from the web and make it available to the general public. Full Bio

More speakers and panel announcements coming soon!


Notable Attendees

UW Leadership

Several leaders from the University will be in attendance to meet international alumni and friends of UW

Mario Barnes

Toni Rembe Dean of the University of Washington School of Law
Full Bio

Frank Hodge

Orin and Janet Smith Dean of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business
Full Bio

Jeffrey Riedinger

University of Washington Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Full Bio

Denzil Suite

University of Washington Vice President for Student Life
Full Bio


UW Converge Taipei Host Committee Members

We want to extend a special thanks to our UW Converge Taipei host committee members. Without their hospitality and expertise, this event wouldn’t be possible.

Arthur Chiao, ’80

Chairman & CEO, Winbond Electronics Corp.
Chairman, Nuvoton Technology Corp.

Full Bio

Jon Hodowany, ’03

Taiwan Huskies Chapter President
General Manager, JC Grand

Full Bio

Kung-Yee Liang, ’82

President, National Health Research Institutes
Full Bio

Yi-Bing Lin, ’90

Chair Professor, National Chiao Tung University
Full Bio

Paul Liu, ’83

Chairman, Cornerstone Intellectual Property Foundation
Co-director, Master of Law-IPR Program, Tsinghua University

Full Bio

Ken Sun, ’00

General Manager, Microsoft Taiwan
Full Bio



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